Monday, August 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM MDT
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM MDT

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Research & Extension Ctr Sheep Unit & Hansen Arena 
306 Hwy 230
Laramie, WY 82070

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Amy Hendrickson 
Wyoming Wool Growers Association 


Holiday Inn Laramie 
204 S. 30th St.
Laramie, WY 82070
A Timberline Hospitalities, LLC Hotel

Room Reservations: 
Call 307-721-9000 or CLICK HERE

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WWGA Summer Membership Meeting 


Come join your fellow sheep producers for the the annual WWGA Summer Membership Meeting featuring hands-on Sheep Production workshops, Members' Dinner & Discussion and lots more.  

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been obtained at the Holiday Inn Laramie.  For room reservations, contact Holiday Inn (204 30th Street) at 307-721-9000 or click here. Room rate of $109.00/night plus taxes is guaranteed until 8/6/2019. Make your reservations soon!

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8:00am to Noon   WWGA Board Meeting, Holiday Inn, Laramie

10:00 am to Noon Young Entrepreneurs Session - Location TBD

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Afternoon Educational Sessions 
Laramie Research and Extension Center Sheep Unit - Meet at Hansen Arena (306 Hwy 230)

Feed efficiency and residual feed intake: Why they matter? (1:00 – 1:45 pm)
          Dr. Hannah Hollinger, Assistant Professor, UW Animal Science Department

           Dr. Whit Stewart, UW Assistant Professor- Extension Sheep Specialist
Dr. Hannah Hollinger-Hollinger will discuss how feed efficiency is measured using different techniques, heritability, how it relates to other traits we select for, and the dollars & cents of why it matters. A hands-on phenotypic evaluation of highly efficient and lowly efficient rams will be a part of the discussion to incorporate visual evaluation with ram test data.

Wool Workshop  - Ben Hostetler and Whit Stewart (1:45 – 2:30 pm)
Hands on wool workshop.  Materials will be provided. 

Mastitis in Sheep: Economic Implications to management considerations (2:30 – 4 pm)
            Dr. Whit Stewart, UW Assistant Professor- Extension Sheep Specialist

            Dr. Tom Murphy, Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS Roman L. Hruska Meat Animal Research Center
            UW Graduate Students
This interactive discussion will highlight the production consequences of clinical and subclinical mastitis, Indurative mastitis "Hard Bag". Discussion will include production losses, effects of udder and teat structure, environmental effects, effects of trace minerals on prevention, and treatment strategies. A hands-on exercise using study ewes from 2019 Zn-mastitis study will be used to provide examples for growers to practice evaluation (cull-keep) strategies. Producers will be able to compare udders from ewes with varying histories of mastitis from their first lactation.

4:00 – 4:30 pm   Break – Move to Holiday Inn

4:30 to 5:30 PM  Sheep Industry Update – Holiday Inn

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  Reception and Dinner/Evening Session - HOLIDAY INN

Welcome College of Agriculture Dean - Dr. Barbara Rasco

Expectations and Innovations: Membership Vision and Preparing for the Future

Makayla Mette, WWGA  Board Member and Treasurer
Whit Stewart, UW Assistant Professor.- Extension Sheep Specialist.
Facilitated listening session for WWGA membership - Help build a stronger Association! This is your opportunity to talk with WWGA leadership on how the WWGA can increase its outreach and improve its services to members like you and other sheep industry stakeholders across the state. In addition, members will help identify and prioritize key WWGA efforts and initiatives for the coming year.

8:00 AM to 9:30 AM Wyoming Wool Growers Business Meeting
Association's Annual Business meeting will include a report on the state of the Association. Among other things, members will approve budget for the coming year, discuss and approve policy resolutions and elect new board members.

Call to Order
Minutes of Last Meeting
Leadership Reports:
     - President’s Report
     - Treasurer’s Report
     - Committee Reports
     - Executive Director’s Report
Old Business
     - Bylaws
New Business
Election of Officers
      - President
      - Vice President
      - Director - Region II
      - Director - Industry at large*
*Industry Directors represent segments of the sheep industry, such as small flock producers, commercial flock producers, wool buyers or processors, etc. The current outgoing Industry Director represents small flock producers.


10:00 AM to 1:00 PM   Morning Educational Sessions
Laramie Research and Extension Center Sheep Unit – Hansen Arena 

Coccidiosis management and control and Fecal Egg Count Demonstration
            Dr. Berit Bangoura, Veterinary Parasitologist, UW Vet Sciences

 FAMACHA Scoring as a De-worming Decision Making Tool- Western SARE Grant Program
            Dr. Whit Stewart, UW Assistant Professor- Extension Sheep Specialist

            Dave Scott, National Center for Appropriate Technology Butte, MT
Resistance to de-wormers is occurring at rapid rates nationally and internationally. Thus, selective de-wormer using the FAMACHA system where sheep are selected for treatment based on the degree of anaemia they are displaying in their mucous membranes. In turn, the degree of anaemia is assessed through a color guided chart. This quick and easy diagnostic tool can help aid de-worming decision making. Participants will practice on sheep and be provided a FAMACHA card at the end of the training for on-ranch use.

Meeting ends - lunch will available. If desired, please indicate on registration form.

Note: this schedule is tentative and subject to change.